A beautiful and delicious vegan lunch served during Zenshuji Soto Mission's Japanese Tea Ceremony
No, not an April Fool's joke (except to my inner-carnivore) -- this whole month I'm going meatfree. Why? The short answer is as simple as "just because," the longer version:
1) Between all the meals out, meetup with bloggers and media events, I just felt I've been eating way too much meat for way too long, so wanted to balance things out a little by going on a carni-fast. But I'll still have dairy and eggs to keep me company.
2) Of course, with so much meat, there's less room for veggies and fruits - so vegetarianism is a great way for me to rekindle my love of all things plant-based.
3) I love the idea of Lenten fast to help me cherish and value what I do have (available to eat) by taking a temporary break, but I'm not really religious and the actual Lent itself falls on top of so many other things (include my folks' birthdays in early March) I decided to be flexible with the timing and duration of my "not-Lent" -- but hey, I'm open to stretching this to May 10 to make it an even 40 days. Let's just play that by ear . . .
I have no doubt this month will be just as every bit as tasty and fun as any other (already I'm setting up vegetarian and vegan meals with friends and even my meat-loving parents!) And maybe when I return to eating meat in May, I will have a better grasp of proper portions.
P.S. Before you think I fell off my wagon so early, I still have to catch up on some bloggy backlog so the omnivorous posts will still keep a-coming; just because I'm giving up animal for the month doesn't you'll have sacrifice on salivating over meaty dishes.